Beer, Red Meat and Guns - 2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Mazda 3 Long Term Road Test

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2012 Mazda 3: Beer, Red Meat and Guns

May 29, 2012

2012 Mazda 3 

How does Mr. Takahashi celebrate Memorial Day weekend? By enjoying some of this great land's contributions to culture (and referring to himself in the third-person). I had some friends over to CasaHashi to watch the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday (I woke up early to catch Indy) and take part in some good ol' fashioned barbecue. That meant it was time to get a new barrel of Boddingtons for the kegerator.

Over the years, I've used a variety of long-term vehicles to transport a Boddingtons keg. Surprisingly, all of them have accomplished this task with ease. I assumed our Mazda 3 would be no different, but I was wrong. I loaded the empty keg into the trunk and realized that if I closed the hatch, the glass would have shattered on the keg. You see, the seatback and hatch angles converge just enough to keep the keg from fitting. Flipping down one of the rear seatback sections was an easy fix, but I was afraid that under acceleration, the keg would slide back and take out the rear glass.

Easy fix number two: tie it down with the seatbelt and stuff my camera bag between the hatch and keg. It's not ideal, but it worked.

2012 Mazda 3 

As the BBQ got underway, I was grilling in the backyard. I needed a spot to put a tray of dry-aged bone-in ribeyes from my favorite butcher and my Boddingtons while I arranged the hot coals (gas is for wimps). Bingo! The Mazda 3 was unlocked and the hatch made a great little table. Sorry for the blurry photo, but, you know, Boddingtons. Those empty shotgun shell boxes were left over from a sporting clays expedition on Friday afternoon. 'Merica, love it.

2012 Mazda 3 

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 9,883 miles

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